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Nearly 650 dialysis patients possibly exposed to hepatitis B at Seattle hospital

Nearly 650 dialysis patients possibly exposed to hepatitis B at Seattle hospital

A Seattle-based hospital recently admitted that a lapse in screening procedures might have exposed as many as 650 dialysis patients to hepatitis B since 2011.

The Virginia Mason Hospital & Medical Center said in a statement that its staff hadn’t been consistently screening and isolating dialysis patients. It may be noted here that the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends for consistent screening and isolating of dialysis patients.

Video of Doggysaurus Rex abstaining from pool party goes viral

Video of Doggysaurus Rex abstaining from pool party goes viral

Happy Tails Resort dog day care in Norfolk, Virginia has shared an interesting video in which all the dogs are enjoying their time in the pool except one. Beya, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever is seen staring back at the camera and is not interested in playing with other dogs in the pool. All the dogs are having a really good time in the video.

Bedbugs Develop Resistance to Insecticides

Bedbugs Develop Resistance to Insecticides

A team of researchers from Virginia Tech and New Mexico State University carried out a study to assess the resistance that bedbugs have developed against the most widely used pesticides to destroy them. The study reveals that killing bedbugs might just have become tougher than before. The outcomes from the paper ‘High Levels of Resistance in the Common Bed Bug, Cimex lectularius (Hemiptera: Cimicidae), to Neonicotinoid Insecticides’ appeared in the Journal of Medical Entomology.

Namib Desert beetle inspires researchers to develop unique way to prevent frost formation

Namib Desert beetle inspires researchers to develop unique way to prevent frost

A team of researchers have learnt as to how they can prevent frost from desert beetle. The researchers from the Polytechnic Institute in Virginia (Virginia Tech) have come to know an efficient method to better prevent and control frost accumulation by assessing how the Namib Desert beetles thrive in one of the hottest places on earth by collected airborne water.

The researchers came to know that the shell of the beetle has ridges that can collect moisture that forms water droplets. Sides of their shell act as channels to help lead water enter directly into insect’s mouth.

Virginia Might Consider Enhancing Medicaid Coverage of Substance Abuse Services

Virginia Might Consider Enhancing Medicaid Coverage of Substance Abuse Services

According to Dierdre Pearson, who looks after a substance abuse treatment program for women at the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, the cost involved in treating substance abuse is quite high, but if it is left untreated, its impact may worsen.

While speaking at a public hearing on a proposal to enhance Medicaid coverage of substance abuse services, Pearson said in a statement that she everyday sees women who are in high need of help which they do not get due to lack of funding.

Researchers say out of 45,000 known species of spiders, over 16% species spin webs to catch their prey

Researchers say out of 45,000 known species of spiders, over 16% species spin we

According to researchers, spider fine tune the viscosity of their web glue on the basis of the humidity in their surroundings. They do so to maximize adhesion and prey capture. The researchers said out of the 45,000 known spider species, more than 16% species spin webs for catching their prey.

The researchers studied the structure of this capture silk, and discovered that it contains an axial fiber that is covered with ‘glue droplets’ at regular intervals.

Virginia officials confirm State’s 1st 2015 case of West Nile in Horse

Virginia officials confirm State’s 1st 2015 case of West Nile in Horse

First 2015 case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in a horse in Virginia. The 5-year-old Choctaw mare from Orange County did not receive vaccination for the mosquito-borne disease, said the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The virus is easily picked up by mosquitoes from infected birds, which they transfer to humans, horses and other mammals. Currently, no drug is available to treat the infection and the chances of death in horses due to the infection account for 30%.

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